D'Angelico NYSS-3 Semihollow Archtop Jazz Guitar - Made in Japan NYSS Kurt Rosenwinkel

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If you are you are looking at this, you are probably aware that this is one the best jazz-oriented  semi-hollow guitars. It is a thinline semi-hollow with a solid spruce top, maple center block, flamed maple back and sides, and ebony fingerboard. Alligator hardshell case included.

This guitar was made in Japan, not to be confused with the much lower quality Korean-produced D'angelicos that are currently for sale in the US that have laminated maple tops and rosewood fingerboards.
The craftsmanship, comfort, and tone of this guitar are all exceptional. D'Angelico's are legendary for their quality craftsmanship and this is no exception. The neck and fingerboard look and feel as though they are carved out of marble - perfectly formed and exceptional to the touch. The neck plays like butter. The fingerboard is dense, rich black ebony. All of the materials and woods are all beautiful. The action is low and the guitars plays incredibly well.

This guitar was previously owned by pro gutiarist Jacob Wise. He used to record his latest album "Paseo" -- search for it on Spotify, Apple Music etc.  The entire album is this guitar.  See also the video below of him playing this guitar.

The tone of this guitar is unbelievable. With the bridge pickup on, it gives you that typical Carlton-Scofield 335 sound, but with the added richness of spruce; in the neck position, it sounds just like a big fat D'Angelico archtop - the solid spruce top gives it a remarkable acoustic jazz sound. It is the axe of choice of the world's greatest up-and-coming guitarist, Kurt Rosenwinkel.

This is what Kurt says about this guitar:

I’ve always kept an arsenal of guitars, and have always looked for very specific things from each—the response and character of each note, the clarity of each note within a chord, sustain, frequency range, playability. I’ve often found myself compromising, sacrificing one quality for another.
Now that I have the NYSS-3, I feel that I’ve found the single guitar I’ve been seeking for more than 15 years. It produces a warm, fat tone, with a lot of front end—the kind of tone I need to carry a band and push the music in different directions without the sound getting in the way. With every note, I can feel the whole instrument resonate under my fingers.
When I’m absorbed in playing, I don’t want to be distracted by the guitar, and with the D’Angelico, I can trust the workmanship; I can trust it to always stay in tune and always give me the sound I need.


• Selected Maple
• Ivory neck binding
• 24.75" scale
• Nut Width: 1 11/16"
• Ebony fingerboard
• 22 frets
• Mother of Pearl inlays
• Mother of pearl D'Angelico Logo and New Yorker inlays on headstock
• Rosewood overlay with Mother of pearl diamond inlay on back of headstock
• Multi-ply black and white binding
• Grover Imperial Machines

• Semi-Hollow body
• Small size, New Yorker Style 14.75" body with single cutaway
• German spruce top
• 1.75" body depth
• Flamed maple back and sides
• Multi-ply black and white binding on body and F holes

• Two humbucking pickups mounted in guitar
• 2 volume, 2 tone controls
• 1/4” output jack
• Adjustable "tune-o-matic" type bridge
• Stop-bar or New Yorker style tailpiece
• 3 position toggle switch
• Gold hardware
• New Yorker style stairstep tortoise-shell pickguard with black and white binding

This item is sold As-Described

This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

Product Specs

Listed5 months ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more

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